Google Pixel 2 Could See a Price Hike, Better CPU and Camera Performance

BY Evan Selleck

Published 26 Jan 2017

With the Google Pixel and Pixel XL now out in the wild, it’s par for the course that rumors would begin swirling around the company’s next flagship model.

And according to a report from 9to5Google, citing information obtained by an anonymous source, there could be some key changes in store for Google’s next flagship. Specifically, while there’s mention of a “Pixel 2B,” it is beginning to sound like Google may only launch one variant of its next flagship later this year, rather than go with a Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.

As far as new features expected to arrive this year, the report states that Google is putting a lot of focus on the Pixel 2’s camera, especially when it comes to low-light performance. Google was proud of the original Pixel’s camera, without a doubt, so it’s no surprise that they would double down on this area. Still, the report says Google won’t include a camera with a “large MP size,” but will “compensate in extra features.”

Additionally, Google is still trying to figure out which processor to go with in its upcoming flagship. The report states that the company is testing units with a “Snapdragon 83X” processor under the hood, as well as variants from Intel. MediaTek was named as a company with early test units for Google, but apparently that is no longer happening.

The Pixel 2 could also get water-resistant, but that feature is apparently “on the table,” with no definitive status just yet. The report does seem confident that Google will include some kind of water resistance, though.

On top of all that, the Pixel 2 could see a price hike of “at least $50” when compared to last year’s flagship. With all of the improvements that Google is including, and with only one model allegedly coming down the pipe, it will be interesting to see if this is the real deal, and how customers respond.

Google is also reportedly considering launching a cheaper version, codenamed “Pixel 2B” right now, that will have less powerful features and specs, and could be launched in more international markets.

[via 9to5Google]